I recently graduated with honors from Texas State University with a degree in French. However, my love of my foreign language began when my mother enrolled me in a multicultural dance group which featured music and cultures from around the world. My interest in understanding the world around me began then and lead me to my studies today. Before I studied French, I found both Latin and Spanish to be fascinating and took several classes of both starting with Spanish in elementary school. In college, I took a special interest in linguistics and particularly in the origin of human language. Language to me is far more than simple understanding but rather a gateway into what makes us human.